Bell, John, surgeon, was born in 1763 in Edinburgh, where he commenced his career as a lecturer on surgery and midwifery. These lectures brought him into notice. His chief works are his Anatomy, a book on wounds, and his Principles of Surgery, of which an enlarged edition was brought out by his brother, Sir Charles (q.v.), in 1826. He died at Rome, whither he had gone for the sake of his health, in 1820.